The latest report from the Single European Sky’s Performance Review Body warns that the demand and capacity of Europe’s airspace are in danger of never finding a resolution, citing a persistent lack of adequate airspace capacity provided by EU states in 2022.
According to the report, delays in European airspace “significantly exceeded the target,” revealing a staggering 400% increase in the average delay per flight. The document underscores the failure to meet agreed-upon performance plans for the region, painting a bleak picture of the current state of affairs.
The report, unfortunately, suggests that the situation is unlikely to improve in the near future. Coupled with robust passenger demand, it creates what is described as a ‘perfect storm,’ posing an ongoing challenge to airline operations.
Ourania Georgoutsakou, the Managing Director of A4E, emphasizes the urgency of the situation, stating, “Airlines are cruising when it comes to their recovery while Europe’s airspace remains stuck on the ground. We can’t afford another repeat.” Georgoutsakou issues a call to action, asserting that Europe’s passengers deserve better. She advocates for bolstering Europe’s airspace capacity, driving reforms, and creating a path for airlines to operate more efficiently in order to address the pressing challenges faced by the industry.